Mdina, Malta

posted Nov 22, 2010, 6:44 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Nov 26, 2010, 4:33 AM ]
Have I mentioned that I love Malta? it is so completely unique!  Today we went to the old capital city of Mdina which is taken from the Arab word Medina which means walled city.  One cannot help but compare this walled city to the Medina that we toured in Fez, Morocco.  Fez although beautiful in it’s rugged simplicity pales in comparison to the Medina of Malta.  Mdina is now a walled fortress of only 300 occupants but it dates back to the first builders which were the Phoenicians at 700 BC.  Everyone seemed to have a hand at the Mdina from the Romans to the Normans.  Even  St. Paul the Apostle who was shipwrecked on Malta is rumoured to have lived in the Mdina walls.  The Order of the Knights of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem set up shop there and proceeded to fund-raise from other Catholic people of importance to make this a city of grandeur in the Baroque style.  This place will not disappoint anyone it is magnificent and I had a hard time leaving its beautiful walls.

 

The Mdina is set up on a hill and cliff on one side and so at night it is breathtaking and during the day it looks quite formidable but the church dome softens the look which is centered in the middle of the Mdina.  The views of the whole island of Malta are quite extensive from the outer walls, Malta is not very big.  The crème cities shine in the bright sun of Malta; most homes and apartments etc are all the same tone of color which is the sandstone that is mined here on the island.
 

Dax and I visited the original dungeons where prisoners were kept and tortured.  They have set up life-like mannequins receiving quite the inventive tortures and it is quite gory and gross but interesting to see how awful humans can be to each other when given the power to do so.
 

There is one other city which seems like a suburb of the Mdina and it is called Rabat and it is beside the Mdina.  We decided to have a meal in a little out of the way place in Rabat which served homemade wine, which I won’t comment on because the elderly lady who served it was quite proud of it.  Let’s just say that I could not finish it due to its aftertaste of vinegar, but I said that I would not comment so I am finished on the topic of that particular wine.  Malta wines are apparently quite good but I could not find any in the supermarket to consume.  The food was quite tasty with homemade pasta and sauce and Darren had a shrimp salad which looked tasty.  We tried a Maltese soft drink called ‘Kinnie’ which is made of bitter oranges and aromatic herbs.  I liked it but it was either that or the homemade wine and the Kinnie won.  Daxtin hated it.  The prices for everything were probably the cheapest of any of the European countries we have visited thus far.  My full bowl of yummy pasta was only 2.50 Euro.
 

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